Eating Healthy – Progress not Perfection, Part 3

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Today, we’re continuing the series “Eating Healthy – Progress not Perfection.”

When contemplating how to map out a plan for healthy eating choices this year, here are some more ideas to “chew” on. If you’d like to review the list from last week, click here.

Remember the plan of action:

Pick two or three things to change about your diet, and focus on them for the next 3 – 6 months. While you incorporate these bite-sized lifestyle eating changes into your life, plan what your next two or three changes will be for the following 3 – 6 months.

  1. Plant Perennial Fruit Plants. It might take a few years before you can harvest any produce, but the upside is that you don’t have to replant every year. Elderberries and raspberries are a couple good ones to consider. If you’re unfamiliar with what an elderberry is, check out my elderberry guest post, over at The Sage Butterfly. Fruit trees are another possibility, but don’t expect any edible crops any time soon.
  2. Vegetable Gardening – If you’ve never had a garden, plant a small one. Don’t bite off more than you can chew in your first year though. Start with maybe 3 or 4 vegetable varieties. If you’ve been gardening for a couple years, consider doubling the square footage of your garden space. Maybe you can add a few more vegetable varieties as well.
  3. Can – If you’re becoming a seasoned gardener, start canning your crops this year. (I’m thinking about doing another canning package giveaway sometime this summer.)
  4. Purchase Hens for Fresh Eggs. Eventually, you can look into harvesting the chicken meat. Even if you live in the city, you might be surprised. You still might be allowed to have chickens on your property. By the way, did you see the incredibly awesome, garden roof-top chicken coop from the first Friday’s Photo Blog Hop? It’s in her website header and seen elsewhere on her blog. I’m inspired!!
  5. Purchase a Dairy Goat or Cow. My friend, Jill, at The Prairie Homestead, has a great goat 101 series. Again, eventually, you can look into supplying yourself with the beef from one of your cows.
  6. Hunt – Hunting is a great way to know you’ve captured an animal that was living free in its natural habitat, up until it became a meal. You also know how the meat was prepared.

Last week’s list of ideas is probably an easier place to start. I realize some of today’s ideas may be impractical for some. A dairy cow or goat, or even hunting, may not be for everyone. I don’t think hunting fits into my personality either, but it’s just another idea to consider.

I’m looking forward to getting some chickens. I’m not sure how soon that will be, but probably a lot sooner than we’ll be able to get a cow, install fencing, and build a small barn. Time and money…

What about you? I’D LOVE TO GET TO KNOW MY READERS BETTER. Chime in… What ideas do you have that would fit into this list [even if you’ve not tried them]? You might inspire someone to make it one of their goals for the first 3 – 6 months of 2012.

Next week, I’m starting a brand new, totally unrelated series.

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